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Musings 2006/201

Son of Man.;
You for Whom only were we created.

If this prayer is said before Holy Mass, we prepare ourselves for an attendance on Christ at His sacred Altar, The Cross, at Golgotha.
And, as the Holy Mass proceeds to the Consecration this preparation becomes Reality

and we may become aware

of being part
all things
which He has drawn to Himself.

The Crime and Pain of Slander
Several years ago a friend of mine was investigated by a private detective in regard to a family problem. My friend acquired copies of the reports made by this private detective and discovered a massive collection of fantasies  conjured up by this private detective.
Incredible accusations were suggested, such as a paedophile ring which included not only this friend of mine but all those associated with him.
Most of his associates were real-Catholics, including myself, and, according to the detective we ran this paedophile ring!!
With some trepidation I saw my own name (albeit misspelled) in this slanderous document and to my amazement I also noted that this detective had claimed that I also used another name and address - I had an alias!!
There was very little in the detective's report that had any truth about it but the document was being used against my friend in various ways.
Who knows to whom copies of this report was given?
It is easy to grasp the multiple hurts and the great damage this report created.
I can only speak for myself - as a bystander, so to speak - but my inclusion in this malicious report gave me considerable anxiety and some sleepless nights.
Even to this date, long since, the awfulness of the slander lingers. Certainly I was taught a good lesson on the matter of slander.
I suspect that even today, there are people who have read the detective's report and still retain animosity against the many people mentioned in the report.
Against me!
How awful is this? It was never taken to court because the report was fantasy. Consequently, no-one was able to prove his innocence!
However, the malevolent report was too much for me to live with and I requested the Commissioner for Police to check out the report, particularly in my regard. I sent the Commissioner a full copy of the 'detective's' report.
After some time I received a reply from his department which declared there was no evidence that required any further investigation!
So I suppose that I have a certain personal satisfaction in this, especially in the fact that I can produce this proof that, after all, I am not a member of some imaginary paedophile ring, and that my name is cleared of any other imagined association of any other unlawful accusation.
Of late, I have been reminded of the evil of slander and I would like to bring this awful sin, this serious sin, before the consideration of those selected people who read these columns.
It seems to me that

slander is akin to murder,

perhaps in some particular cases, even worse, for when you destroy a man's name and character - even his livelihood, his friendships, his family and so much more - you harm him not just for a second or for a day, but for years and perhaps decades.
I have to wonder about the private detective who created the destructive commentaries, collecting in the meantime, I was informed, some very nice dollars for his efforts.
I have to wonder about the people who hired him and the people who read his reports.
How many people are involved in this? How many people were devastated by his reports, even including the people who paid for his service?
How many people to this day - after so many years - suffer from the slander?
Gateway to Heaven
P 52   6   3  Know you not that all we,

who are baptized in Christ Jesus,
are baptized in his death?

52   6   4  For we are buried together with him by baptism into death;

that as Christ is risen from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
so we also may walk in newness of life.

52   6   5  For if we have been

planted together in the likeness
of his death,
we shall be also in the likeness
of his resurrection.

52   6   6  Knowing this, that

our old man is crucified with him,
that the body of sin
may be destroyed,

to the end that we may serve sin no longer.
52   6   7  For he that is dead is justified from sin.
52   6   8  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall live also together with

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